Does the prospect of pitching an idea, presenting to the class, or interviewing for an internship feel daunting? Communication and persuasion skills are necessary to accomplish personal goals throughout life. And when it comes time to apply to colleges and interview for jobs, it helps to have a strong sense of one’s personal brand and the unique skills teens can bring to the table.
That’s where the new course, The Art of Sales and Influence with Kellogg School of Management comes in with a unique learning opportunity for teens!
Parents are probably not surprised to hear that public speaking remains one of the most common fears, especially for young people. What if it didn’t have to be that way? With the right encouragement and tools, teens can approach communication with confidence, no matter the setting.
Utilizing curriculum developed by Professor Craig Wortman at the Kellogg School of Management, the #1 business school for marketing, students will develop sophisticated sales techniques with wide-ranging applications. From nailing networking to acing job interviews, pitch meetings, and so much more, this course is designed to empower teens to share their ideas and achieve their dreams.
All kids should learn about networking and communication
In a world that seems hyper-connected through social media channels, constant dissemination of news, and instant access to information, quality communication can get lost in the sheer quantity of it all. The term “influencer” is everywhere these days, but how can teens gain the influence needed to accomplish their goals?
To reach their full potential in college and beyond, teens need guidance on how to make their voices heard and develop authentic relationships with future employers and colleagues. That’s much more easily said than done in a digital world! Here are just a few benefits of learning about communication, sales, and the core concepts of the course.
Stand out from the crowd
It can be challenging to get ahead of the competition, especially when it comes time to apply to colleges and landing that first internship! Sales techniques can help teens do that.
Practice definitely makes perfect, and with the opportunity to hone their skills in a supportive environment, teens can become more confident communicators. Especially after a year of virtual learning, learning to self-advocacy and how to approach situations outside of teens’ comfort zones is all the more important.
Explore potential careers
Teens might just find they have a knack, and even a passion, for a career in marketing, sales, business, entrepreneurship, or one of the many fields in which these skills are essential. There’s no telling where that spark might lead!
Enjoy hands-on learning
When the purpose (and the potential payoff!) of a new skill is clear, teens will be all the more motivated to learn it. Sales skills translate directly into future careers and helping kids achieve what matters most to them.
With these benefits in mind, let’s take a closer look at what students can expect from this exciting course.
A learning experience unlike any other with skills to last a lifetime
To succeed in college, their first job, and in whatever other endeavors lie ahead, teens will need effective communication skills under their belts. This 10-week course can help them develop this skill set and more in a collaborative, personalized environment.
In small-group sessions, students will learn the ins and outs of great sales tactics alongside many other real-world case studies and lessons gleaned from some of the biggest names in the business world. Students will, among other engaging course activities and learning outcomes:
- Understand key sales concepts and how to connect with others
- Create your own toolkit of sales techniques, stories, and strategies
- Gain insights from key business leaders and successful entrepreneurs
- Develop a portfolio to share with potential colleges or employers
- Gain access to cutting-edge content from Kellogg School of Management
- Pitch to a panel of industry professionals and receive feedback
Plus, upon successful competition of the course, students will take home:
- A certificate recognizing their skills and success
- A portfolio of project work to share with colleges or potential employers
- Guidance on how to reflect on their course experience to highlight on their college applications
With these impressive accolades in hand, teens will be ready to impress the gatekeepers of their next great adventure, whether that’s college or an internship!
Get started today
Ready to help your teen level up their resume and build a valuable skill set? Registration is live now for 10-week sessions starting February 6, 2023.